Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Walnut Armchairs Model 516 For Sale
Want more images?
Request additional images from the seller
1 of 12 images

Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of Walnut Armchairs Model 516

About

Designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina model 516 pair of sculptural armchairs or lounge chairs, with white and navy cotton linen upholstered cushions on walnut frames, Italy, 1950s. Great architectural details in the frame including upward contoured arms, geometric open slats in the back with slight curve detail at headrest, and gently tapering legs with front stretcher. Literature: Galleria Deposito A, Galleria Regard SARL, Gio Ponti in Paris Arredi di design 1930-1970, Verona, 2012, pp. 46-47, 61 Provenance: Hotel Savioli Spiaggia, Riccione

Details

  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Condition Details
    In excellent original condition with new French polish and newly upholstered cushions.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 32 in. x W 25.5 in. x D 30.25 in.H 81.28 cm x W 64.77 cm x D 76.84 cm
  • Seat Height
    14.5 in. (36.83 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Chappaqua, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    PON104
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Reference Number
    LU2917312082731
Buyer Protection Guaranteed
Our Promise To You: If you're not happy with the way an item arrived, we'll work with you and the seller to reach an optimal resolution. Read more

Shipping, Returns & Payment

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity
    Shipping methods are determined by item size, type, fragility and specific characteristics.
    Shipping costs are calculated based on carrier rates, delivery distance and packing complexity.
  • Return Policy

    This item can be returned within 7 days of delivery.

    View details
  • Online Payment Methods
    1stdibs accepts the following payment methods
  • Item Invoice
    Generate an invoice that you can customize and print.

About Gio Ponti (Designer)

An architect, furniture and industrial designer and editor, Gio Ponti was arguably the most influential figure in 20th-century Italian Modernism. Ponti designed thousands of furnishings and products — from cabinets, lamps and chairs to ceramics and coffeemakers — and his buildings, including the brawny Pirelli Tower (1956) in his native Milan, and the castle-like Denver Art Museum (1971), were erected in 14 countries. Through Domus, the magazine he founded in 1928, Ponti brought attention to virtually every significant movement and creator in the spheres of modern art and design.

     The questing intelligence Ponti brought to Domus is reflected in his work: as protean as he was prolific, Ponti’s style can’t be pegged to a specific genre. In the 1920s, as artistic director for the Tuscan porcelain maker Richard Ginori, he fused old and new; his ceramic forms were modern, but decorated with motifs from Roman antiquity. In pre-war Italy, modernist design was encouraged, and after the conflict, Ponti — along with designers such as Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Marco Zanuso — found a receptive audience for their novel, idiosyncratic work. Ponti’s typical furniture forms from the period, such as the wedge-shaped “Distex” chair, are simple, gently angular, and colorful; equally elegant and functional. In the 1960s and ’70s, Ponti’s style evolved again as he explored biomorphic shapes, and embraced the expressive, experimental designs of Ettore Sottsass Jr., Joe Columbo and others.

     His signature furniture piece — the one by which he is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Germany’s Vitra Design Museum and elsewhere — is the sleek “Superleggera” chair, produced by Cassina starting in 1957. (The name translates as “superlightweight” — advertisements featured a model lifting it with one finger.) Ponti had a playful side, best shown in a collaboration he began in the late 1940s with the graphic artist Piero Fornasetti. Ponti furnishings were decorated with bright finishes and Fornasetti's whimsical lithographic transfer prints of things such as butterflies, birds or flowers; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts possesses a 1950 secretary from their “Architetturra” series, which feature case pieces covered in images of building interiors and facades. The grandest project Ponti and Fornasetti undertook, however, lies on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean: the interiors of the luxury liner Andrea Doria, which sank in 1956.

     Widely praised retrospectives at the Queens Museum of Art in 2001 and at the Design Museum London in 2002 sparked a renewed interest in Ponti among modern design aficionados. (Marco Romanelli’s monograph written for the London show, offers a fine overview of Ponti’s work.) Today, a wide array of Ponti’s designs are snapped up by savvy collectors who want to give their homes a touch of Italian panache and effortless chic.

About the Seller

5 / 5
Vetted
Recognized
Platinum Seller
1stdibs seller since 2017
Located in Chappaqua, NY
More From This Seller
Carlo De Carli Pair of Armchairs Model 802

Carlo De Carli Pair of Armchairs Model 802

By Carlo de Carli
$24,000 / set
Carlo De Carli Pair of Armchairs Model 802
Carlo de Carli
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Velvet, Beech
Pair of sculptural armchairs or lounge chairs in navy antiqued velvet upholstery with stained beech legs. These armchairs are an iconic Carlo De Carli design for Cassina with sleek a...
Guglielmo Veronesi Pair of Armchairs

Guglielmo Veronesi Pair of Armchairs

By Guglielmo Veronesi
$12,000 / set
Guglielmo Veronesi Pair of Armchairs
Guglielmo Veronesi, ISA Bergamo
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Brass
Designed by Guglielmo Veronesi for ISA Bergamo, this pair of beautifully curved back armchairs ends on patinated brass legs, Italy, 1950s. Restored and newly upholstered.
Marco Zanuso Pair of "Lady" Armchairs

Marco Zanuso Pair of "Lady" Armchairs

By Marco Zanuso
$16,500 / set
Marco Zanuso Pair of "Lady" Armchairs
Marco Zanuso
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Steel, Fabric, Foam, Brass
Marco Zanuso for Arflex early pair of ‘Lady’ chairs or lounge chairs with steel structure, foam rubber seat and back upholstered in charcoal gray cotton velvet, and tubular brass leg...
Gio Ponti for Christofle Pair of Flèche Candelabra
Gio Ponti for Christofle Pair of Flèche Candelabra
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Candelabras
Silver
Silver plated candelabra designed in 1926 by Gio Ponti for Christofle and reissued in late 20th century in an edition of 200. Stamped design 'Gio Ponti' & 'Christofle France' with ha...
You May Also Like
Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of 'Model 516' Lounge Chairs in Walnut
Gio Ponti for Cassina Pair of 'Model 516' Loung...
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Fabric, Walnut
Gio Ponti for Cassina, pair of armchairs model 516, walnut, black and white balder fabric, Cassina, Italy, 1955. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Ca...
Pair of Gio Ponti Wood and White Fabric n. 516 Armchairs for Cassina, 1956
Pair of Gio Ponti Wood and White Fabric n. 516 ...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Club Chairs
Superb pair of 516 model armchairs designed by Maetstro Gio Ponti for Cassina in 1956. This set of chairs is designed by Gio Ponti and manufactured by Cassina. The chairs have a few ...
Pair of Gio Ponti Walnut Ebonized Chairs Model No 516 for Cassina, 1950s
Pair of Gio Ponti Walnut Ebonized Chairs Model ...
Gio Ponti, Figli de Amadeo de Cassina
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Walnut
A pair of armchairs, model 516, designed by Gio Ponti and edited by Cassina in the 1950s. Walnut wood ebanized and fabric. Upwards rising arms and vertical open slats on the back. Ea...
Gio Ponti Armchair Model 803, Italy, 1954
Gio Ponti Armchair Model 803, Italy, 1954
Gio Ponti
Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Upholstery, Faux Leather
Gio Ponti armchair model 803, Italy, 1954. Cassina, Italy, 1954. Faux leather upholstery, walnut. Measurements: 29.5 W x 33 D x 31 H inches. Excellent condition, newly uphols...
Easy Chair No. 829 by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Easy Chair No. 829 by Gio Ponti for Cassina
Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Metal
Wonderful adjustable lounge chair designed bu Gio Ponti for the Hotel Parco dei Principi in Sorrento. Organic black lacquered wooden frame, previously recovered in a grey fabric with...
Gio Ponti for Cassina Armchair with Expertise from the Archives
Gio Ponti for Cassina Armchair with Expertise f...
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Lounge Chairs
Rare 1950's Gio Ponti armchair made by Cassina in limited quantities for the Augustus Ocean Liner. Comes with the expertise from the Gio Ponti archives. Upholstered in a dark blue ve...
Armchair by Gio Ponti, Cassina, circa 1945
Armchair by Gio Ponti, Cassina, circa 1945
Cassina, Gio Ponti
Vintage 1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Upholstery, Velvet, Walnut
Armchair by Gio Ponti, Cassina circa 1945 renewed upholstery and cover
Gio Ponti Armchair for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
Gio Ponti Armchair for Cassina, Italy, 1950s
Cassina
Vintage 1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Armchairs
Gio Ponti armchair manufactured by Cassina in the 1950s. In original condition with ebonized frame, green leather covering and brass feet. Condition: Good vintage condition, minor...

Why Shop on 1stdibs?

Learn More

Only Vetted, Professional Sellers

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

Fully Insured Global Deliveries